By Floris Hussaarts
If you are reading this then, like me, you will be excited about the new edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar that will be released on the 30th of June. The temptation to start a new army will be big (and who can blame you?), I am thinking about building an army centered around the Stormcast Eternals that come inside the new core game. However I don’t want to have to put painting miniatures on hold while I wait for the game to be released. So what to do? A small 1000 point army obviously. By doing this I will something to do until launch weekend and I will have an army ready to play some games with the new rules before I have build and painted all those gorgeous looking new Stormcast Eternals.
In the past I have had a number of Age of Sigmar armies and when choosing a new force to collect I try to avoid repeating myself (I have had a Stormcast Eternals army in the past but, as they say, exceptions make the rule). The Seraphon are an army that I have always liked the look of, ever since they first appeared in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles coregame set where they faced off against the Bretonians. However I never painted any of the miniatures and actually only remember playing against them on a few occasions.
So decision made, a 1000 point Seraphon army it shall be. The new General’s Handbook 2018 will probably change some of the points values so by staying just below the maximum points I’ve set I’m hoping to still have a legal force after the launch of the new edition (not long now until I find out). My final list contains the following heroes and units:
– Skink Starseer;
– Skink Priest;
– Skink unit (10 models);
– Skink unit (10 models);
– Ripperdactyl Riders (3 models).
As you will have noticed, it is a Skink army with not a single Saurus Warrior to be found.
The above image shows my progress after my first few evenings of painting and I have already started building and painting the remaining miniatures, that I aim to have ready in time for the Soul Wars launch weekend.
I’m not much of a painter (building/converting and playing the games are my hobby), problem is that I don’t like playing games with unpainted or proxy models so over the years I have developed a painting style that I am happy with and gets models onto the table in no time. I always start by using a spray to base coat the models in a colour that will be the core colour used to tie the army together. In this case Army Painter Uniform Grey. This is followed by adding details with basic light colours. For the seraphon I used Citadel Ceramite White for the scales, with Deathclaw Brown and Gehenna’s Gold for the weapons and armour. Many of the models have feathers for decoration and these got a coat of Calgar Blue. Once this was done I used the Army Painter Dip and literally dunked the models in it. Individually and under close scrutiny my miniatures leave much to be desired. On a battlefield and grouped together in units they serve their purpose and look the part.
Should I like the army enough then I will put the Stormcast Eternals on hold for a little while longer and concentrate on the Seraphon. A second Troglodon in a different pose sounds like a challenge I’m up for. If that becomes a reality I will be covering the conversion work in a future blog post.